A man from Bicester has been sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment after he was convicted of dangerous driving.
Danny Rayson, aged 28, of Pine Close, Garsington, pleaded guilty to one count each of dangerous driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, and driving without insurance in a hearing at Oxford Crown Court on 9 May 2019.
At around 5.45pm on Wednesday 8 August, officers from the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing were alerted by local officers of a vehicle that had failed to stop in Purslane Drive.
The vehicle, being driven by Rayson, made off across a number of pavements and recreational grounds.
Officers from the roads policing unit took over the pursuit of Rayson, who drove on the wrong side of traffic bollards.
Due to the nature of Rayson’s driving, the pursuit was subsequently called off due to the risk to members of the public, but Rayson was later interviewed and summonsed to court.
After entering a guilty plea, Rayson was subsequently jailed for eight months at Oxford Crown Court on 16 May.
PC Brian Perry of the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing based at Bicester, said: “The manner of Rayson’s driving put members of the public, including children as well officers at risk.
“The decision was taken to halt the pursuit at the point that Rayson was identified, but following an investigation, Rayson was arrested on 12 April and charged the same day.
“After pleading guilty, Rayson has now been sentenced to a term of imprisonment where he can reflect upon his actions that day.
“Thames Valley Police will not tolerate any incident of dangerous driving and will always act to prevent injury to other road users.
“Rayson will also serve a lengthy disqualification after completing his prison sentence.”